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BLOOD BROTHERS: Anthony Kiedis and Flea reflect on the making of Blood Sugar Sex Magik. From Guitar World Magazine, Oct 2011.
Read the full Guitar World Magazine feature: http://rhcp.me/gw
AT THE DAWN OF THE Nineties, four young men entered the decaying, allegedly haunted Harry Houdini mansion off the hilly curves of L.A.’s Laurel Canyon Boulevard. They re-emerged into the smoggy Hollywood sunlight some months later with one of the seminal albums of the Alternative Nineties in the can. Those four young men were collectively known as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the album they made in the famed magician’s house, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
“With that album, we really grew into being the band that we always wanted to be,” Flea says. “It was like we took what was great about us and just gave a lot more depth to the instruments and structure. The album really captured a space and a time that was exciting and fun.”
The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ fifth album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik was the band’s second record with John Frusciante, who was the third major RHCP guitarist. (Fifth, if you count the fleeting tenures of Blackbird McKnight and Jack Sherman.) Frusciante had played on the previous Red Hot Chili Peppers album, Mother’s Milk, but was new to the band at the time and hadn’t quite found his footing. When sessions for Blood Sugar Sex Magik rolled around, however, he had grown confident enough to express his own mercurial personality through the band’s music. “John was really coming into his own as an artist at that time with us,” Flea says.
Blood Sugar Sex Magik was the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ first album for Warner Bros. Records (they’d previously recorded for EMI), and it was their first project with Rick Rubin. A bearded mountain of a man, and something of a guru figure, Rubin earned the band’s trust enough to help them shape songs and arrangements. It was the start of a fruitful creative partnership that continues to this day.
“It’s a trip to see how much Rick Rubin has changed from that point in time,” Anthony Kiedis says. “Back then, he was just discovering the spiritual path. He’s very non-judgmental. When an evil bastard walks in the room, Rick Rubin doesn’t look on them like an evil bastard; he thinks, Well, maybe there’s something good about that person. So he’s an interesting guy, and these days he’s in ridiculously good physical shape and health. A year and a half ago he just started exercising and eating smart. And now he’s this glowing Neptune of a person you find walking down the beach with some lovely Colombian girl. He’s just a different cat than he was 20 years ago. But at his core, he’s still a lover of music more than anything.”Blood Sugar Sex Magik was phenomenally well received upon its September 24, 1991, release. Yielding a string of hit singles, including “Under the Bridge,” “Give It Away,” “Suck My Kiss” and “Breaking the Girl,” the album kicked the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ career into a new dimension. It continues to be a favorite today and has sold more than 17 million copies.
“It’s tricky to think that 20 years have passed,” Anthony Kiedis says. “When we play songs off Blood Sugar Sex Magik today, the last thing they feel is antiquated. I still have an absolute connection to playing those songs. It’s not like I’m beating a dead horse when I play them. They’re still vibrant and connected to now, in some way. So I guess the album is holding up, standing the test of time.”Read the full Guitar World Magazine feature: http://rhcp.me/gw

BLOOD BROTHERS: Anthony Kiedis and Flea reflect on the making of Blood Sugar Sex Magik. From Guitar World Magazine, Oct 2011.

Read the full Guitar World Magazine feature: http://rhcp.me/gw

AT THE DAWN OF THE Nineties, four young men entered the decaying, allegedly haunted Harry Houdini mansion off the hilly curves of L.A.’s Laurel Canyon Boulevard. They re-emerged into the smoggy Hollywood sunlight some months later with one of the seminal albums of the Alternative Nineties in the can. Those four young men were collectively known as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the album they made in the famed magician’s house, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

“With that album, we really grew into being the band that we always wanted to be,” Flea says. “It was like we took what was great about us and just gave a lot more depth to the instruments and structure. The album really captured a space and a time that was exciting and fun.”

The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ fifth album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik was the band’s second record with John Frusciante, who was the third major RHCP guitarist. (Fifth, if you count the fleeting tenures of Blackbird McKnight and Jack Sherman.) Frusciante had played on the previous Red Hot Chili Peppers album, Mother’s Milk, but was new to the band at the time and hadn’t quite found his footing. When sessions for Blood Sugar Sex Magik rolled around, however, he had grown confident enough to express his own mercurial personality through the band’s music. “John was really coming into his own as an artist at that time with us,” Flea says.

Blood Sugar Sex Magik was the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ first album for Warner Bros. Records (they’d previously recorded for EMI), and it was their first project with Rick Rubin. A bearded mountain of a man, and something of a guru figure, Rubin earned the band’s trust enough to help them shape songs and arrangements. It was the start of a fruitful creative partnership that continues to this day.

“It’s a trip to see how much Rick Rubin has changed from that point in time,” Anthony Kiedis says. “Back then, he was just discovering the spiritual path. He’s very non-judgmental. When an evil bastard walks in the room, Rick Rubin doesn’t look on them like an evil bastard; he thinks, Well, maybe there’s something good about that person. So he’s an interesting guy, and these days he’s in ridiculously good physical shape and health. A year and a half ago he just started exercising and eating smart. And now he’s this glowing Neptune of a person you find walking down the beach with some lovely Colombian girl. He’s just a different cat than he was 20 years ago. But at his core, he’s still a lover of music more than anything.”

Blood Sugar Sex Magik was phenomenally well received upon its September 24, 1991, release. Yielding a string of hit singles, including “Under the Bridge,” “Give It Away,” “Suck My Kiss” and “Breaking the Girl,” the album kicked the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ career into a new dimension. It continues to be a favorite today and has sold more than 17 million copies.

“It’s tricky to think that 20 years have passed,” Anthony Kiedis says. “When we play songs off Blood Sugar Sex Magik today, the last thing they feel is antiquated. I still have an absolute connection to playing those songs. It’s not like I’m beating a dead horse when I play them. They’re still vibrant and connected to now, in some way. So I guess the album is holding up, standing the test of time.”

Read the full Guitar World Magazine feature: http://rhcp.me/gw

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BLOOD SUGAR SEX MAGIK IS 21 YEARS OLD TODAY!

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Hollywood - August 1991

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"All the anticipation of the moment hit me, and I instinctively knew that the miracle of manipulating energy and tapping into an infinite source of power and harnessing it in a small space with your friends was what I had been put on this earth to do."Anthony Kiedis on the first time the Red Hot Chili Peppers played live on February 13th, 1983 (29 years ago today) at the Rhythm Lounge in Hollywood. From Scar Tissue, Page 106. http://rhcp.me/29yrs

"All the anticipation of the moment hit me, and I instinctively knew that the miracle of manipulating energy and tapping into an infinite source of power and harnessing it in a small space with your friends was what I had been put on this earth to do."

Anthony Kiedis on the first time the Red Hot Chili Peppers played live on February 13th, 1983 (29 years ago today) at the Rhythm Lounge in Hollywood. From Scar Tissue, Page 106. http://rhcp.me/29yrs

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John Frusciante recording NEW Solo Album! As previously reported, on April 17th, 2011 R&B Singer Share Watson  a.k.a Truth Hurts confirmed via her Twitter page that she was  collaborating with John Frusciante on a track for the new solo album he  was working on! More recently on December 22nd, 2011 she tweeted to say that she was  going back in the studio to record another song with John Frusciante for  his album! Read more…

John Frusciante recording NEW Solo Album!

As previously reported, on April 17th, 2011 R&B Singer Share Watson a.k.a Truth Hurts confirmed via her Twitter page that she was collaborating with John Frusciante on a track for the new solo album he was working on!

More recently on December 22nd, 2011 she tweeted to say that she was going back in the studio to record another song with John Frusciante for his album!

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I’m With You Platinum Award - SwitzerlandThe Red Hot Chili Peppers receive their platinum award from Warner Music Switzerland for 30,000 sales of I’m With You in the country. The award was presented to the band at their sold out concert at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland on December 13th, 2011.

I’m With You Platinum Award - Switzerland
The Red Hot Chili Peppers receive their platinum award from Warner Music Switzerland for 30,000 sales of I’m With You in the country. The award was presented to the band at their sold out concert at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland on December 13th, 2011.

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Flea talks to the L.A. Times about RHCP’s induction into the Hall of Fame.“It’s very emotional, and I’m not sure where the emotions are coming  from,” Flea said by cellphone while in Vienna on tour with the band. It’s really nice to be part of a community of musicians we respect. I feel very emotional about it, and it makes me reflective  about our career. I think back about when we just started out as this  little band and we kept it going, pouring our heart and souls into it.  Pride isn’t the healthiest thing, but I feel proud.”
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Flea talks to the L.A. Times about RHCP’s induction into the Hall of Fame.

“It’s very emotional, and I’m not sure where the emotions are coming from,” Flea said by cellphone while in Vienna on tour with the band. It’s really nice to be part of a community of musicians we respect. I feel very emotional about it, and it makes me reflective about our career. I think back about when we just started out as this little band and we kept it going, pouring our heart and souls into it. Pride isn’t the healthiest thing, but I feel proud.”

Read the full interview…